Wisconsin sweeps past Iowa

first_imgOn a day when common sense and thermometers reigned supreme over most of the Big Ten, almost every softball contest that was scheduled for Sunday afternoon was canceled due to cold weather. Luckily for the Badgers, both Wisconsin and Iowa were able to brave the 20-degree windchill just long enough for UW to pick up its first two conference victories of the spring. The Badgers broke out their brooms and swept both halves of a doubleheader from the visiting Hawkeyes, winning game one 5-0, and taking game two 4-1.Coming into today’s double dip, Wisconsin and Iowa appeared to be two teams headed in completely different directions. The No. 10 Hawkeyes entered play as one of the hottest teams in the country, having won 14 of their last 15 games, including 10 straight. The Badgers, on the other hand, had dropped four of five on their most recent road trip and sat squarely in the cellar of the Big Ten. But for whatever reason, the tide turned for both teams Sunday afternoon, and Wisconsin wound up outplaying Iowa in every aspect of the game.”That sweep was huge for us,” senior center fielder Sam Polito said. “With our weekend last week and getting a couple games canceled this week, coming up big against Iowa was just huge for us. We definitely needed the wins.”Behind dominating pitching from Letty Olivarez and Eden Brock, and airtight defense from shortstop Lynn Anderson, the Badgers were able to hold the Hawkeyes to their lowest offensive output in weeks.After losing their first four conference games last week to Ohio State and Penn State, head coach Chandelle Schulte knew that this was a critical weekend for UW to gain some momentum. “We knew starting off in the Big Ten and playing poorly, you could either go one of two ways,” head coach Chandelle Schulte said. “You could just think ‘Well, we’re done,’ or you take an opportunity to show people what you can do. “I felt like today was going to represent the rest of the year,” Schulte continued. “If we lost, we’re in trouble. If we won, it’s a good signal.” Game 2 saw UW senior pitcher Eden Brock earn her 10th victory of the season, limiting the Hawkeyes to one run on six hits. At times the weather seemed to affect the grip on Brock’s drop-ball, resulting in numerous pitches bouncing across home plate. But the box score didn’t show it, as Brock struck out nine and walked only two in her sixth complete game of the year.In a first-inning sequence that could have come straight from a softball textbook, Wisconsin catcher Joey Daniels reached on an infield single, moved to third on two sacrifices from Polito and Vasquez, and scored on a throwing error from Iowa catcher Emily Nichols. The run was a perfect example of the kind of fundamentally sound style that UW employed all day.Wisconsin would add three more runs with RBIs from Hnatyk in the third, Polito in the fourth and Athena Vasquez in the sixth.Defensively, any hopes of an Iowa comeback were put to rest in the glove of junior shortstop Lynn Anderson, whose adjustment on a ball that ricocheted off Eden Brock’s glove prevented a leadoff base runner and killed a potential fifth-inning rally. The play was merely the culmination of a flawless day in the field for UW.”Lynn’s defense has improved tremendously this year,” Schulte said. “She’s smooth, her head’s in the game, she’s making routine plays, and she’s making the hard plays look easy.”Reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week Brittany Weil kept the Badgers at bay through the first three innings of game one, retiring UW hitters in order in both the second and the third. But once around the order was all Weil could manage, as Wisconsin hitters began to figure out Iowa’s ace in the bottom of the fourth.Polito reached after getting hit by a pitch, and following a sacrifice bunt from third baseman Vasquez, power-hitting right fielder Katie Hnatyk was intentionally walked. With two on and nobody out, designated hitter Ricci Robben smashed a base hit to center that scored Polito from second. Stephanie Chinn followed with an RBI single to right to make it 2-0.The Badgers tacked on three more in the next frame. Weil issued two consecutive walks to start the inning, and Polito made her pay with a triple to the right field fence that cleared the bases.In the circle, Olivarez’s only hiccup came when the Hawkeyes tried to mount a two-out rally in the top of the sixth. Olivarez gave up a walk and two singles before getting pinch-hitter Katie Brown to fly out to end the inning.”I got a little excited,” Olivarez said. “But I just kept trying not to think too much and not think about my pitches a lot, because that’s been my problem.” With the win, Olivarez improved her record to 6-5, and lowered her ERA to 2.08.last_img read more

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WBB : SU guards struggle to score, complement post players in spite of victory

first_img Published on February 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img For Quentin Hillsman, it didn’t matter that his perimeter players had struggled offensively once again.As he listened to a question about whether or not he would like to see more production from his guards, the Syracuse head coach responded quickly.‘No, I like that,’ he said, pointing to the box score on the podium in front of him. ‘I like winning.’Even though the Orange got the 70-49 victory over lowly Villanova on Saturday with a dominant performance by its frontcourt, the scoring struggles that plagued the team in its recent three-game losing streak returned in the second half.SU hit just two field goals through the first 15 minutes of the second half, and its guards couldn’t find their stroke from deep throughout the game. Fortunately for Syracuse, its post players repeatedly got to the line in the second half to provide the team’s scoring and kept the game out of reach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It’s a team thing,’ sophomore guard Elashier Hall said. ‘Overall, we have to have inside and outside play. But loading the ball inside is working for us, so we’re going to keep going with it.’The Orange’s first field goal after the break came on a quick inbounds pass to sophomore center Kayla Alexander nearly five minutes into the action. The next field goal didn’t come until Alexander scored again in the post with 9:35 left in the game.‘We just slowed the game down,’ Hillsman said. ‘We knew that unless we turned the ball over, we couldn’t lose the basketball game. There weren’t enough possessions in the game if we didn’t turn it over and we got shots.’But the slower pace doesn’t explain a 29 percent shooting performance in the second half. And that number was even inflated by four late SU jumpers with the game already in hand.Those four shots — three by guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas and one by point guard Tasha Harris — were the only eight points scored by any of Syracuse’s perimeter players in the second half. Senior Erica Morrow sat out the last 25 minutes of the game after aggravating a thumb injury, and Hall missed all three of her shots after the break.Those four players’ scoring issues have not been limited to Saturday’s game. In the Orange’s three-game losing skid entering the matchup with Villanova, Tyson-Thomas was the only one of those four to reach double digits in any of those games with 16 points Tuesday against DePaul. Against Notre Dame and Rutgers, the quartet shot 19 percent from the field, making just 9-of-47 attempts.‘I wouldn’t say we struggled (in recent games), but we’ve just been more hesitant on our shot selection,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘We’ve just thought about it more, and so when it’s not there, we won’t force it.’Against the Wildcats on Saturday, the perimeter play was overshadowed by the Orange’s dominance inside against a physically overmatched team. But when the action got bogged down in the second half as SU slowed the pace, free throws were the only way Syracuse could manage any scoring for most of the period.For Hillsman, a win is a win, and he will take it however he can get it. The game plan against Villanova was to get the ball inside, and the Orange executed. Alexander finished with 22 points, and forward Iasia Hemingway tallied 15. Syracuse got to the free-throw line 30 times compared to none for the Wildcats.Still, the lack of perimeter success may not be a good sign for a Syracuse team that needs every win it can get on the bubble of the NCAA Tournament. It was a major factor in the recent losses and could lead to more if it isn’t fixed. Tyson-Thomas, for one, thinks it will.‘I think it’ll come,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘It’ll come, it definitely will. But we had the advantage down low, and we took advantage of it. That’s what we’re supposed to do.’zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more

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6th Syracuse football player to leave program this offseason

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Cross redshirted his freshman season and didn’t get any playing time in his redshirt freshman year. A slew of defensive lineman were ahead of Cross on the depth chart, including Steven Clark, Kayton Samuels and McKinley Williams. Chris Slayton filled in at defensive end but started the year as a defensive tackle, too.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Syracuse’s last major coaching transition, when Doug Marrone was hired to replace Greg Robinson, 28 players left the program. Comments Published on December 15, 2016 at 7:32 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonaticenter_img A sixth Syracuse player will transfer from the program. Syracuse defensive tackle Tyler Cross announced his plans to transfer via Twitter on Thursday. Cross joins running back Jordan Fredericks, cornerback Corey Winfield, wide receiver Kenterius Womack, defensive tackle Anthony Giudice and tight end Trey Dunkelberger.last_img read more

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Massei, McIntosh provide edge for Badgers

first_imgFreshman Mary Massei went 2-for-4 at the plate in the second game, scoring two runs and one RBI.[/media-credit]As has been the case all season long for the Badgers, the underclassmen stepped up in a big way in a game two victory against Green Bay Wednesday.Continuing her torrent pace of late, freshman Mary Massei, went 2-for-4 in the Badgers’ second game, recording two runs, one RBI and boosting her season batting average to an impressive .333, which is second on the team. Both of Massei’s hits went for triples, tying a school record for most in a game. Even more impressive, she now stands alone as the all-time leader in single season triples with six this season.“It felt great to be able to [get those triples] for my team,” Massei said. “We were just focusing on making the adjustments on the first pitcher since we had to see her in the second game. It was great that we made those adjustments.”Massei, who batted second in the first game loss to Green Bay, proved she can hit from anywhere into the lineup as she was switched to the leadoff spot after the first game.“I’m comfortable hitting anywhere in the lineup,” Massei said. “You’re really only in [the leadoff] position at the very first at-bat.”Massei is a versatile hitter, who can hit from anywhere in the lineup. However, after her record-setting performance Wednesday, Healy will be hard-pressed to take her out of the leadoff spot going forward.“I like [Massei] in that leadoff spot,” Healy said. “We are trying to tweak it, but Mary [Massei] in the one spot is tough because she has that triple threat and she brings her power. You have a kid like Mary, who has the potential to go yard. If you are going to get one more at-bat we want it to be someone who has the chance to put it over the fence.”Stephanie Peace committed a costly error in the first game loss, her 16th of the season, and was switched to second base before the second game. However, Peace’s struggles in the field may have been due to injury, according to Healy.“Steph [Peace] got a little hurt and got a little banged up,” Healy said. “It was hard for her to attack balls, limping a little bit out there.”Filling in for Peace at shortstop was freshman Michelle Mueller, who turned an impressive double play in the sixth inning that all but sealed the game for the Badgers.“You know when you make those defensive changes, the ball is going to get hit at those kids,” Healy said.“Michelle did a nice job of helping [Meghan McIntosh] out,” Healy said. “We made that same switch [on spring break] and Michelle gave us a little burst of energy.”The Badgers bounced back from their tough loss in the first game and came to play at the plate and in the field. However, it was the dominant pitching from sophomore McIntosh that gave Wisconsin the biggest edge.“We easily could have gotten swept after Cassandra [Darrah] loses the first game, but Meghan [McIntosh] did a phenomenal job of holding them down,” Healy said.McIntosh gave up an earned run in the first inning but was able to get in a groove and hold Green Bay scoreless for the rest of the game. The southpaw pitched a complete game four-hitter, striking out six batters.“I worked on really moving the ball more outside and not giving them any balls to hit good contact on,” McIntosh said.In her second year with the Badgers, McIntosh has learned she doesn’t need to do it all by herself. All season long she has been able to trust her defense to get her out of tough spots.“Everyone does their job in the field, I pitch the ball and they hit it to my defense and let the defense work,” McIntosh said. “That’s how it’s supposed to be.”last_img read more

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Volleyball: Badgers win joust at Field House versus Rutgers

first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin volleyball steamrolled the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Saturday afternoon. The Badgers improved to 9–1 on the season and moved up one spot to No. 5 in the nation after the win. It took only a quick three sets to send the Scarlet Knights packing as the Badgers won (25–9), (25–15) and (25–10) in consecutive sets.The Badgers hit a season best .455 with 44 kills on 88 attempts and only four errors while holding Rutgers to just a .056 hitting percentage. On top of a good hitting night, Wisconsin also dominated with their serving — tallying eight aces. Sydney Hilley, Madison Duello and Molly Haggerty each came away with a pair of aces in the match.Danielle Hart made a surprise start to replace the injured Grace Loberg and came up in a big way, recording 11 kills. Madison Duello had 11 kills as well.Football: Wisconsin survives Iowa 28-17, salvages hope for Playoff seasonMost games following a season-altering loss are automatically labeled as a chance at redemption, a chance to reassert the program’s Read…It was a pretty routine night for the Badgers, but the real headline was off court. Saturday afternoon was their Childhood Cancer Awareness match at the UW Field House.The team spent their mornings with young cancer patients from the American Family Children’s Hospital. The kids made shirts for the players to wear during pregame and had the opportunity to spend the day with the team leading up the game. There were plenty of smiles on the faces of the children as they got to be part of the full game day experience.Volleyball: Badgers open up Big Ten play with Buckeye sweepThe No. 6 Wisconsin volleyball team opened up their Big Ten season with a return to the University of Wisconsin Read…In a conversation with UW Athletics, Hart commented on spending the day with the children and what the event meant to her.“It was pretty amazing when we were in there getting these shirts and you’re watching the smiles on their faces. I’m getting chills and watery eyes even now,” Hart said. “It’s just awesome stuff. The fact that we get to have an impact on those kids and bring that to their day, that’s awesome.”The Badgers are looking to continue their win streak against No. 6 Minnesota this Wednesday night on Big Ten Network.last_img read more

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Away successes for Premier’s clubs in the MJL

first_imgClonmel maintained their position at the top of the table by winning 14-0 in Galbally, Clanwilliam overcame Cobh Pirates 10-5 and Kilfeacle registered a 31-21 bonus point triumph in Clonakilty.Thurles were also came out on top in their latest Division 2 outing – they beat Crosshaven 10-8 at home.last_img

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The Lakers didn’t close with Brandon Ingram, and he didn’t like that

first_imgEditor’s note: This article by Lakers beat writer Kyle Goon is from today’s Purple & Bold newsletter. For the latest Lakers news and analysis in your in-box, sign up for the newsletter here.Hello, everyone. I’m writing to you from a plane somewhere over the Oregon skies, where there is still so much to parse from the debut of the LeBron James Lakers, a loss at Portland.But one of the most interesting angles might have nothing directly to do with James.At the 3:12 mark in the fourth quarter, with the Lakers trailing by 12, Luke Walton subbed out Brandon Ingram for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Ingram did not re-enter the game. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWalton has been noticeably touchy about talking about starting lineups, saying that it doesn’t matter who starts the game. But finishing is slightly different. Walton said earlier this week that the best group will finish, and it seemed notable that Ingram — who has designs on taking a third-year leap — was not among them.“We needed somebody to make some shots,” Walton said when asked about the finishing group. “I know we’ve seen what teams can do when LeBron’s out there and they [are] shooting everywhere, so we were trying to put together guys that could maybe go on a quick little run for us. And we made a couple.”It was the last sub Walton made voluntarily (Lonzo Ball went in for Rajon Rondo, who fouled out), and the team did close the gap to five points in the last 30 seconds when Caldwell-Pope hit a 3-pointer. But it should be pointed out that it was KCP’s first basket of the game, and before that moment, one of the supposed 3-point aces on the team had taken only two other shots, neither from 3-point range.It’s here where the dynamics get a little murky. Ingram said in his postgame interview that he was disappointed to not be out there and that he and Walton didn’t talk about his substitution: “At that that point I don’t think we wanted to have dialogue right there. I don’t want to be out the game at that point.”But context is everything. Ingram seemed very critical of his own performance, in which he scored 16 points on 15 shots, starting the night shooting short, and said he was “blown by a little bit too much” by the likes of Jake Layman and Nik Stauskas. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions There’s some gray area where you can interpret his disappointment about not finishing as a beef with Walton, or you can determine that he was more upset with not meriting a finishing role. Taking the whole of the interview into account, I’d lean toward the latter.“I gotta take care of the defensive end first: staying in front of my guy, helping others, being in the right spots, in the right shell defense,” Ingram said. “And then I gotta score the basketball more. I gotta knock down shots when I’m open. I gotta get to the free throw line. I gotta be better.”Before halftime in particular, Ingram had played poorly, scoring only four points. His aggressive play to start the third quarter led to a question for Walton if someone had lit into him at the intermission.“Possibly — what we talk about in the locker room, if the players want to say that they can,” Walton said. “Brandon he’s going to be huge for us this year, he’s an aggressive player. But like everyone else we’re asking everyone to change a little bit of a time on how we want to play, so that takes some time.”BY THE NUMBERSThis semi-unbelievable stat was dug up by Bleacher Report: The estimated pace of 113.5 listed by NBA.com is the fastest game LeBron James has ever played in his entire career. That included a mammoth 34 fastbreak points — for perspective, the Lakers averaged 17.5 fast break points per game last season.THE NEXT BIG QUESTIONSpeaking of KCP, what is his grip on the starting shooting guard job? If it were up to the court of public opinion, he would not fare well.Caldwell-Pope has been talked up as a natural fit alongside James, simply for the fact that he can hit 3-point shots and space the floor for the style James has played with for years. But the fact that he only took one 3-pointer, and only three total shots, should be concerning. Obviously he won’t be facing Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum every night, but for the Lakers’ half court sets to work, he at least needs to be a threat. Scoring five points and only hitting a shot in the final 30 seconds of a game doesn’t merit a ton of defensive attention.Related Articlescenter_img That was offset by a tremendous first game from Josh Hart, who scored 20 points (on 8 for 12 shooting!) and generally being a menace on both ends. He also had 3 steals and 2 blocks for a Lakers defense that lacked cohesion. There’ve been murmurs since Summer League that Hart has a convincing case to start, and the volume was turned up Thursday night.Asked directly if Hart is pushing for that change, Walton demurred: “It’s a little early to start thinking about changing starting lineups.”Is it, though?Want to be better informed about the Lakers? Sign up for the Purple & Bold newsletter. 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Woods announces return to action in November

first_imgLos Angeles, United States | AFP | Tiger Woods will make his latest return from long-term injury at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas next month, the former world number one confirmed on Monday.The 14-time major champion has not played since February after a recurrence of back problems which forced him to miss the 2015-2016 season.“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” said Woods, who also made his last comeback at the tournament in Albany which benefits his charity foundation.Woods is included in an 18-man field which features many of world golf’s elite, including world number one Dustin Johnson and world number two Jordan Spieth.Woods has not played a competitive round since firing a 77 in the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic in February.Woods withdrew from the event the next day and underwent another back operation in April, his fourth back surgery in all, that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.Since then Woods has posted videos during his battle to regain fitness, most recently footage of him firing a “stinger” shot with a long iron. During his latest injury layoff, Woods served as a US team assistant captain at the Presidents Cup last month where said he was uncertain if he would ever return to competitive golf.The golf superstar has also battled demons in his private life, and was arrested for driving under the influence in May after being found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz by the side of the road near his home in Florida.Woods, who was found to have five drugs including the powerful opioid hydrocodone in his system, later revealed he underwent professional treatment to help him manage his medications.Woods last week pleaded guilty to reckless driving following the May incident.Under a plea agreement reached in Palm Beach County, north of Miami, Woods will avoid jail time unless he commits major violations of his probation.The plea deal requires Woods to spend one year on probation, pay a $250 fine, perform 50 hours’ community service, and complete “DUI (driving under the influence) school”.Woods, whose 79 career PGA Tour wins are three shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record, has not won a major title since the 2008 US Open and has not won any event since the 2013 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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KCCA, Gor Mahia eye historic triumphs in CAF Champions League

first_imgKCCA’s young turks a step from big stage for club. PHOTO KCCA FC MEDIALugogo, SATURDAY 4PM:  ?? KCCA FC vs St. George ??  (1st leg 0-0)Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Botswana, Kenya, Swaziland, Togo and Uganda could have representatives in the lucrative CAF Champions League group stage for the first time after the last-32 second legs this weekend.Township Rollers of Botswana and Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland play at home holding 2-1 leads while Port of Togo travel with a 2-0 advantage.KCCA of Uganda and Kenyan side Gor Mahia both drew 0-0 in the first legs with the Kampala outfit at home and the Nairobi club away in the return matches.AFP Sport sets the scene as the five clubs seek places in the 16-club mini-league phase, where prize money of at least $550,000 (450,000 euros) kicks in.KCCAAfter coming tantalisingly close to making the last 16 a year ago, Kampala Capital City Authority are well-placed to go one step further after holding Saint George 0-0 in Ethiopia.Kampala Capital City Authority FC has held fancied St.George of Ethiopia to a goalless draw on Wednedsay in the CAF Champions League.The draw brought an end to successive away defeats on the continent the Kampala side in the past year, and puts them in a strong position to advance at home, where they have a perfect win record.Ugandan coach Mike Mutebi has three wishes: “We must draw a capacity crowd to our stadium, play attractive football and win the match.”Standing in KCCA’s way is an Ethiopian side that has always had high continental ambitions guided by Ugandan goalkeeper Robert Odongkara. The team are struggling to get back to their renown form after the arrival of a new coach, Portuguese Manuel Vaz Pinto. A result away in Kampala could announce their return to form. St George players take a break after training at Lugogo.  PHOTO ST GEORGE MEDIAGoalkeeper OdongkaraGor MahiaMalta-born coach Dylan Kerr is convinced Gor can create history despite being held 0-0 at home by two-time Champions League title-holders Esperance of Tunisia.“I walked up to my players after the first leg and told them that if they perform as well in Tunisia, we will qualify for the group stage,” he said.SwallowsSwallows last year became the first Swazi club to reach the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup group phase and more history beckons after shocking Zanaco 2-1 in Zambia.But home advantage is no guarantee of success as they slumped 3-1 to Lesotho visitors Bantu in the preliminary round having established a 4-2 lead on the road.PortAfter surprising 2012 CAF Confederation Cup winners AC Leopards of Congo Brazzaville last month, Port have a bigger scalp, twice Champions League runners-up Al Hilal of Sudan, in their sights.Hilal are used to comeback victories, however, as they lost away to LISCR of Liberia last month only to bounce back with a Mohammed Bashir brace inspiring a 3-0 triumph.RollersBotswana clubs have traditionally been CAF pushovers, making the achievements of Rollers in eliminating Al Merrikh of Sudan and defeating Young Africans in Tanzania remarkable.Serb coach Nikola Kavazovic is highly ambitious and looking beyond a group place: “We are on our way to becoming a giant, if not in Africa, at least in southern Africa.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Peterson case creates new crisis for NFL

first_imgIn this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday’s game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson’s booking on a child abuse charge Saturday has created another crisis for the embattled NFL, already derided for not responding strongly enough to acts of domestic violence by its players.It also has touched off a national debate about the role of corporal punishment in parenting.In the eyes of a Texas grand jury, Peterson crossed the line when he repeatedly struck his son with a tree branch, or switch, in May. Peterson’s attorney has said he has never run from what happened — and that Peterson was inflicting the same discipline he endured as a child.“Obviously, parents are entitled to discipline their children as they see fit, except when that discipline exceeds what the community would say is reasonable,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Phil Grant said about 12 hours after Peterson was booked and released from jail on $15,000 bond. He is charged with causing injury to a child age 14 or younger.Peterson, one of the NFL’s most popular players and widely considered one of the best running backs to ever play, flew from Minnesota to Houston in the early morning hours after authorities indicted him on Friday evening. He has a home in both locations.The Vikings almost immediately decided to deactivate him for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Saturday that Peterson’s case “will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.”The situation comes as the NFL proceeds with a self-commissioned investigation by a former FBI director into how it handled the case of Ray Rice, who knocked his then-fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator. Rice was released Monday from the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced that showed the violence. The NFL said it hadn’t seen the video before then, but a law enforcement source told the AP it was sent to a league executive’s office in April and provided a voice mail confirming it was received.Unlike Rice’s situation, Peterson’s case is complicated by his stance that he meant his son no harm but rather was applying the same discipline he experienced growing up.“Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas,” Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said.Steve Eudey, who coached Peterson as a young boy in Palestine, Texas, and has remained a family friend, said he has heard stories from Peterson about his father Nelson “being a firm disciplinarian.”“Some of the things his dad did to him was to make him tough,” Eudey told The Associated Press.Eudey said he had yet to speak to Peterson since his arrest, but said his actions were consistent with the type of upbringing he had.“I will go to my grave defending Adrian, but at the same time you can’t harm a child, either,” Eudey said. “I know that was never his intent.”Grant, the Texas prosecutor, said the grand jury felt the charge was warranted after spending several weeks reviewing “lots of evidence.”It’s not unusual for people subjected to physical discipline as children to use corporal punishment against their own children, experts say, and courts will sometimes consider that as a mitigating factor when sentencing an abuser. Peterson faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.News of Peterson’s charges led several prominent athletes to tweet about their experiences with corporal punishment when they were children.“Am I the only one that got hit with a switch? I had to go outside and pick my own switch. It taught values, respect (and) accountability,” former NBA star Tracy McGrady said. But he later qualified those remarks, tweeting, “Disciplining a child is vital. Of course any early physical punishment should be within reason, not overboard, and inside certain boundaries.”While the legal process plays out, the NFL is facing a potential test case for the tougher penalties it declared last month for players involved with domestic violence.Commissioner Roger Goodell announced an initial offense will draw a six-week suspension without pay, though “more severe discipline will be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child.”It is not clear if Peterson’s case will invoke those penalties.Corporal punishment is legal in Texas, and the law spells out that non-deadly force against a child by a parent or guardian is permissible.But the punishment is abusive if it causes injury. While a blow that causes a red mark that fades in an hour is not likely to be judged abusive, a blow that leaves a bruise, welt, or swelling, or requires medical attention, could be judged abusive. The child’s injuries will likely be under scrutiny as the case proceeds.The guidelines also say while spanking with the bare, open hand is least likely to be abusive, use of an instrument “is cause for concern.”The Vikings jumped ahead of the NFL and the legal system by shelving Peterson for the game Sunday. Two other teams — Carolina and San Francisco — have taken heat for allowing players involved in alleged recent domestic violence incidents to continue to play.The team — and the league — will likely face scrutiny as they decide whether Peterson returns to the field as the legal process plays out. As of Saturday, no decision had been made about his outlook this season, and no court date had been set in Texas.___Associated Press writers Jeff Baenen in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, David J. Phillip in Spring, Texas, Mike Graczyk in Houston and Tim Jacobs and Jason Keyser in Chicago contributed to this report.___Online:AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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